Don’t let airlines lie about fares – sign the petition

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Google’s little flight search problem

If you haven’t Googled a flight itinerary recently, you should try it.

Google’s Flight Search, the fledgling search engine that lets you find a ticket and book it directly through an airline, is getting better. Much better.

In recent weeks, the new service has quietly expanded the number of U.S. cities it covers. (It won’t say how many destinations are being served, except that the number has doubled.) Google has also integrated flight searches into its authoritative search results, making them easier to find and use.
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The airline industry is profitable again — really profitable — and here’s one reason why

In a word: fees. Lots and lots of fees.

Alright, it isn’t just the baggage surcharges and change fees. Airlines have cut capacity and raised fares, and business travelers are coming back after a long absence. But with United Airlines posting its first profit in three years and Delta recording its best quarter ever, you’ve gotta wonder — how much do fees and surcharges have to do with it?

We have an answer, thanks to Amadeus and IdeaWorks. Disclosed ancillary revenue activity from the world’s airlines jumped 43 percent to $13.5 billion in 2009, compared to a year before, they reported.

The ranking reveals United, America, Delta, Qantas, and Ryanair as top overall ancillary revenue producers for 2009.
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Domestic fares plunge 9 percent: “biggest quarter-to-quarter drop on record”

ishot-4All this talk of higher airfares begs for some perspective. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics just released its latest airfare data, which showed a record drop in ticket prices.

The government’s numbers are pretty jaw-dropping: Domestic air fares plummeted 9.1 percent in the first quarter of 2009 from the fourth quarter of 2008, the biggest quarter-to-quarter fall on record.

Here’s the full report.
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